Diesel Food Audio Slideshow Recap

I absolutely loved working on the Diesel Food audio slideshow. Not only did I get to meet some really cool people, I got to share my vegetarianism with them which is something that I find to be pretty rare these days. The whole process was pretty ideal and quite simple. I reached out to the writers of a blog that I follow, tweeted that I would love to interview them, and they got back to me immediately! They were so passionate about cooking and taking boring everyday recipes and making them vegan, and I really loved how dedicated they were/are.

When working on the audio, I actually had a great location and it wasn’t hard to capture what he was saying at all. He did hit his hands the table a few times, but for the most part it went pretty well. As for background noise, I just recorded some of the sizzling of the frying pan in the background and then when he chopped up some onions. For the pictures, I couldn’t have had a better focus; food! The lighting in their kitchen was absolutely perfect and all of the vegetables looked absolutely delicious.

As a whole, everything went so well and I couldn’t have asked for a better pair to interview. Loved this project.

The process behind my Holy Cow Foods audio slideshow

What worked and what didn’t work with my audio slideshow.

By: Christina Renninger

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For my audio slideshow assignment I featured the owner of Holy Cow Foods. I was very pleased to find out that the owner, Katherine Lavine, was a flexitarian herself. What I think worked best for my slideshow was that she had  a very good and factual understanding on the term “flexitarian.” Kathee was also very passionate about the food industry and her business so that it created a really interesting interview. I enjoyed talking with her and learned so much more about my topic. Afterwards, I had so many sound bites that I wanted to use that it was hard to start my story script. However, Kathee was a very hard person to flag down to one place. Setting up the interview was a little bit of a challenge. After meeting at the wrong location, I learned the hard way how important it is to confirm with your interviewee ahead of time the location and time of the interview.

When it came down to my interview, I ran into a few technical problems. The restaurant where I met with Kathee, had no quiet space to conduct the interview. After moving the interview to 2 different locations because of noise constraints, I finally had to interrupt Kathee and insist we finish the interview in her car so that I could get good audio. Which, I was so happy that I insisted, because it made for much more clear and quality audio. Kathee also kept moving the mic I had attached to her further and further down her sweater. I brought headphones with me so I could tell that the audio was getting more and more muffled. Eventually, I resorted to unplugging the mic and awkwardly holding my Tascam DR-05 close to her face.

My audio turned out pretty good for the most part. The only issues I had was that Kathee talked very fast and it was evident in my final audio slideshow. There was also a few moments where she was playing with a hair clip and you can hear it in the background of my slideshow. I spent hours trying to doctor this up in Final Cut Pro, but was unsuccessful. The sound bite was so good that I decided to include it in the final version anyway.

As I mentioned above, Kathee was a hard person to get a hold of. After the initial interview I wanted to schedule a follow up with Kathee to take more pictures, but she was too busy to meet. I ended up having to coordinate with the manager instead to schedule a time where I could take pictures inside the kitchen. She was happy to help, and I was able to get in the following day. Unfortunately, when I came to the restaurant to take photos they hardly had any customers. Without customers there was no food action in the kitchen. So, I ended up having to hang out for a lot longer than I had planned to get the shots I did. It payed off in the end though.

Overall, I am happy with the outcome of my slideshow. I would like to learn how to remove distracting background noise in Final Cut for the future. The hum removal tool and background noise reduction tool didn’t do anything for me, just made the audio sound worse. Some of my biggest takeaways from this assignment were, the importance of  confirming the interview the morning of, plan for more time than you think you will need, and never be afraid to interrupt an interview if your audio isn’t sounding right.

 

Remix Apparel Slideshow Experience

Remix Apparel Exchange Slideshow:

Remix Apparel Exchange from Jaclyn Umenhofer on Vimeo.

I thoroughly enjoyed working on the Remix Apparel Exchange video because it was visually interesting and the story was fun. Athena is such a sweet person– the video flowed well with her vocal narration.

My difficulties did rest in the audio. I had an incredibly difficult time with using my lav mic. Regardless of how I tried to record Athena’s voice, the audio had a buzzing that was unavoidable. I eventually disconnected the lav mic and Athena sat in my car for her interview.  My car was quiet and perfect for re-recording her audio. I did have to repetitiously ask her questions again; however, the audio was much better.

The visual aspect went well I thought. I did have one struggle with photos as well though. Taking photos into the evening can be tricky because I find it important to keep visual continuity within the photos that I use. Because the sun was setting around the time I stopped in for photos, I had to be careful of the light from the sun outside. Several shots were visually interesting with sunlight streaming in, but they did not carry visual continuity for the purpose of the project and telling a story.  I kept this in mind when selecting photos for my slideshow.

Overall, I felt that the project went well. If I were to do this video over, I would consider collecting some more natural sound from the shop. Perhaps some zippers and vocals of clothing exchanges.

-Jaclyn

Audio Slideshow Ruminations

My experience with the audio slideshow was nearly a rote action by this point. I had an easy time finding my subject, as it is a subculture that I am modestly involved in as an amateur practitioner as well as a casual fan.

I found Anthony McDonald through my MMA instructor here at the University of Oregon. I was invited to attend his final pre-fight sparring and conditioning session.

The room contained nearly 30 people, all of them not wearing the traditional gi that is used for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training (but is falling out of favor in most gyms). All of the were in excellent shape, some were nearly body builder level physiques.

For three hours, all of the fighters circled each other, throwing punches and kicks. Others grappled with opponents on the ground. It was clear that every man in the room was a veteran of martial arts and committed to his craft.

I later would return to interview the subject of my story (McDonald) and would come to learn about his difficult past involving the Baltimore chapter of the Crip street gang and his time in combat serving in the U.S. Army in the Afghanistan theater.

Mr. McDonald was nothing but a gentleman, and had a positive philosophical outlook on his experiences. Many like to say that they came through adversity as a better person, but in McDonald’s case it is not a casual aside said to make oneself feel better. In his case it was the undeniable truth.

I did have a difficulty in forgetting to add natural sound to my project.

The editing process lasted for around 6 hours, and was an excellent reintroduction to Final Cut X. As an aside, I still hate Final Cut X.

The project file had not saved to my work computer as I had thought it did. Facing the prospect of entirely remaking the project from scratch, I decided to leave it as it was; not as good as it could be, but purer in a sense. Or perhaps that could be an aspect of artistic vainglory?

Always Learning No Matter How Experienced

By: Reed LeMans

I’ve had my fair share of multimedia assignments in my time at the University of Oregon. An audio-slideshow isn’t necessarily the hardest thing for me to put together. But I underestimated the difficulty of capturing images for my topic.

E-sports is still a growing industry, so the topic is somewhat difficult to find source material on here in Eugene. The University of Oregon League of Legends club seemed liked a great start. And it was to be fair.

My interview was great and the guy I talked to really knew how to liven up e-sports and inform me what the club was. Unfortunately the club had only recently started to get going again and had only one meeting in my window of time for the project. Luckily they had several other side events and trips I could take photos of, but it took a lot of my time and I still feel like I didn’t get enough variety. This may just be a result of the topic.

I’ll admit it is difficult to get enough interesting pictures of e-sports that are also varied in nature. Hopefully video will be a bit better since I can include live replays and castings. I would say for this project I should have gotten to my subject a little sooner to have a little more time for photos, but also have been more prepared for scare photo opportunities and planned my shots better.

I also wish I was better with captains in final cut because they didn’t come out as nice as I had hoped, so there is still some stuff on the editing table I could learn about even just for an audio-slideshow.

Audio Slideshow – Technical Difficulties

I enjoyed the creative, extensive process of producing my audio slideshow…especially because I was able to photograph such cute guide dog puppies! While I loved taking photos and had such a good time getting to know the dogs, I did not appreciate all the technical difficulties that have come about in the digital age. I always thought I was pretty computer savvy, but this one was too hard for me to crack. Before I could even scream “oh no”, in a second all of my digital files on my computer had vanished. No more high school photo memories, or better yet photos for my slideshow! My hard drive kept saying “error” and the problems continued to intensify. I’m not sure how many hairs from my head that I loss that night because of stress, but I knew I needed to crack down and do my best to improve upon the slideshow I had previously created…and start all over. Thank goodness for iPhones, one huge pro for technology, because all of my audio interview was still saved as a recording. I had an easy time interviewing my subject and our time was very comfortable and conversational. One huge issue was that we had to stay with the dogs in the park and couldn’t leave them alone…so there was nowhere for us to really interview privately. I tried removing the excess noise when editing my audio on my computer, but it was too natural to cut out. I felt like my good content outweighed the negative aspect of having background noise. I also wished the dogs could have barked for me to add more natural sound, but as guide dog puppies in training they are not allowed to bark. With this, I used the whining, jingling of the collar, and voices of children at the park watching the puppies.

Despite the issues, the project was extremely enjoyable. I can’t wait to expand upon this topic and produce my video…starring the guide dog puppies in training all in costume at their Halloween party! 

Sweet Pea Baking Co.

During high school, I discovered a cute little bakery called Sweet Pea Baking Co. in a little vegan mini-mall in Southeast Portland. Not only do they use mostly organic, local ingredients and compost 80% of their waste while also using compostable packaging for to-go orders, but everything is 100% vegan and absolutely delicious. Although they haven’t yet gotten back to me about shooting video yet, I’m confident that they will be happy to talk to me about their bakery.

From delivering wholesale to catering weddings, teaching/hosting cooking classes and making everything in-house, this bakery has it all. This bakery doesn’t only have sweets, however, it also serves soups, sandwiches, biscuits and (vegan) gravy, quiche and potatoes! 

For my video, I plan on interviewing the owner, inside of the store, because it’s very well designed and I feel that it will be very aesthetically pleasing. I’ll also get shots of delicious baked goods being taken out of the oven. 

On to filming!